Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Magnús berfœttr Óláfsson, Lausavísur, 5 [Vol. 2, 389]

[3] Gerðar gollhrings ‘of the Gerðr <goddess> of the gold ring [WOMAN]’: This woman-kenning also occurs in the refrain of the Gamanvísur ‘Jesting Vísur’ (Hharð Gamv), which Magnús’s grandfather, Haraldr harðráði Sigurðarson, composed about his future wife, Ellisif (Elizabeth), the daughter of Jaroslav of Novgorod. The verbal echo is hardly coincidental, because Magnús seems to have wanted to emulate his grandfather (cf. his military campaigns in the west).

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